Black Doctors Fight For More Equitable Coronavirus Testing

By Nina Feldman, Kaiser Health News. -

When the coronavirus arrived in Philadelphia in March, Dr. Ala Stanford hunkered down at home with her husband and kids. A pediatric surgeon with a private practice, she has staff privileges at a [...]

Housing Activists Claim Victory In Fight For Community Land Trust

By Philadelphia Housing Action. -

On Friday, September 25, Philadelphia Housing Action and the City of Philadelphia reached a tentative agreement to resolve a months long standoff over the fate of two homeless protest encampments [...]

Philadelphia To Temporarily Block Landlords From Enforcing Evictions

By Ryan Briggs, WHYY. -

Philadelphia court officials will announce a temporary stay on lockouts related to eviction orders Tuesday, PlanPhilly has learned. The move comes as landlord-tenant proceedings begin to ramp [...]

Houseless Resist Second Eviction Effort In Philadelphia

By Marie Kelly, Workers.org. -

An encampment of over 100 houseless people sits on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway here, steps away from the iconic art museum of “Rocky” movie fame and under the noses of the Philadelphia [...]

Biden’s Headquarters Rents A Fence To Stop The Poor People’s Army

By Ann Garrison, Black Agenda Report. -

Cheri Honkala is a founder and coordinator of the Poor People’s Economic Human Rights  Campaign (PPEHRC) . We spoke after she was arrested outside Biden campaign headquarters on the opening day [...]

Poor People’s Army To Protest At Biden’s Headquarters During DNC

By The Poor People's Economic and Human Rights Campaign. -

Protestors have declared that irrespective of permits, they plan to march on Presidential Candidate Biden’s national headquarters on August 17th at 4pm from the Liberty Bell. Upon arrival [...]

As Mass Evictions Loom, Practical Advice For Housing Takeovers

By Margaret Flowers and Kevin Zeese, Clearing the FOG. -

Federal protection against housing evictions has expired and local and state governments are not stepping up to fill in the gap leaving tens of millions of families vulnerable to homelessness [...]

Single Mothers And Children Take Over Abandoned Public Buildings

By Mindy Isser, In These Times. -

In Philadelphia, single mothers and their children have moved into abandoned, publicly owned buildings, in the most significant housing take over in the country—at a time when millions have lost [...]

Philadelphia Protest: ‘Housing Is Dignity!’

By Betsey Piette, Workers World. -

Residents of the James Talib-Dean tent encampment, set up on June 11 on the Benjamin Franklin Parkway in Philadelphia, held a press conference July 13 to denounce city plans to evict them. [...]

Homeless Philadelphians Moving Into Vacant City-Owned Homes

By Unicorn Riot. -

Philadelphia, PA – Housing advocates plan to reveal today that they’ve facilitated moving previously-unhoused city residents into “vacant, viable” homes in North Philly owned by the Philadelphia [...]

Too Late To Reform, Time To Disband Philly Police

By Betsy Piette, Workers.org. -

Philadelphia - The Philadelphia Police Department, the fourth largest in the U.S., is one of the oldest municipal police agencies, founded in 1854. Its history has been marked by patterns of [...]

Abolishing The Police: A Radical Idea That’s Been around For Over A Century

By Talya Zax, Forward. -

In 1905, Pennsylvania did something unprecedented: It founded America’s first state police force. The new institution, which was more highly militarized than previous law enforcement systems, [...]

The MOVE House Bombing 35 Years Later

By John Leslie, Socialist Resurgence. -

May 13, 2020, is the 35th anniversary of the day Philadelphia police dropped a bomb on a home in a working-class neighborhood. The resulting conflagration and police gunfire killed 11 people, [...]

Philly Unions Are Calling For A Citywide Essential Worker Bill Of Rights

By Juliana Feliciano Reyes, Philadelphia Inquirer. -

As workers grow increasingly desperate in the face of life-threatening conditions, Philadelphia labor leaders have come together to say the city must do more to protect employees deemed essential [...]

A Rank-and-File Teachers’ Movement Takes On Asbestos And Lead In Schools

By Mindy Isser, Truthout.org -

A militant caucus within the Philadelphia Federation of Teachers is showing how, with rank-and-file leadership, unions can be a powerful force for fighting deep-rooted environmental injustice. [...]